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The 15% import duty imposed on nicotine gum products should be lowered or total exemption provided, as the products help smokers to quit smoking, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

He said the Health Ministry currently received many complaints from pharmacies that bring in nicotine gum products regarding the introduction of import duty and would raise the issue with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the treasury.

Last Monday, a media portal reported that the Customs Department would be imposing a 15% import duty on every kilogramme of nicotine gum effective June 1. Nicotine gum products are medical products used by smokers to help them to quit smoking.